Tributes have been paid to parks campaigner Alan Barber, who died of cancer last month

Industry pays tribute to Alan Barber

Alan, who started his working life as a trainee at Kew Gardens, spent more than two decades campaigning for more cash to improve and restore parks, believing they were critical to people’s wellbeing.

In 1999, his lobbying forced a House of Commons inquiry into the state of public parks.

He served as adviser to the inquiry, which concluded that a national agency should be set up to champion public parks. CABE took on the role and set up CABE Space, to which Alan was appointed commissioner in 2003.

Alan served as parks manager in Bristol until 1992. He then became an independent consultant, developing a distinguished academic record as a Simon research fellow at the University of Manchester, where he taught green space planning.

He was also involved in the 1996 launch of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Public Park scheme, which has seen more than £300m poured into improving and restoring public parks. To ensure their continued protection, he helped found the Urban Parks Forum, now the charity GreenSpace.

Paul Bramhill, chief executive of GreenSpace, said: “The greenspace sector has lost one of its greatest and most informed political advocates, and an enthusiast for all that parks and greenspace bring to society.”

Alan was an honorary member of the LI and received an OBE for services to the environment in 2009.

 

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